LINOS AG maintains revenue and earnings forecast for 2008 in spite of market weakness

Economic slowdown in target markets depresses revenue and earnings development in the first six months - revenue growth expected in the second half of the year - further increase in order intake

(PresseBox) ( Göttingen, )
LINOS AG (ISIN DE0005256507) generated revenue of EUR 43.7 million in the first half of 2008. This represents a decrease of 5.9 per cent over the first half of the previous year (EUR 46.5 million). The reduction was due essentially to the economic slowdown in the printing field, the weakness of the market in the semiconductor equipment operations and the postponement of orders.

The operating profit (EBIT) was 35.7 per cent lower than in the same period the previous year (EUR 5.8 million) in the first six months of 2008 at EUR 3.7 million. Earnings in the first half of the year were depressed by the same extraordinary expenses of EUR 0.5 million in connection with the takeover by Optco Akquisitions GmbH as in the corresponding period the previous year.

The company increased order intake by 8.1 per cent to EUR 44.4 million in the period under review (first half of the previous year: EUR 41.1 million).

Total orders on hand on June 30, 2008 were EUR 70.4 million - an increase of 9.8 per cent over the same date in the previous year (EUR 64.1 million).

An increase in revenue is planned for the second half of 2008. The Executive Board is also carrying out an intensive cost management programme. It is therefore maintaining its forecast that LINOS will generate revenue of about EUR 98 million and an operating profit (EBIT) of between EUR 10 and 11 million in the 2008 fiscal year. Extraordinary expenses due to the takeover by Optco Akquisitions GmbH are not taken into account here.

There are risks with particular respect to further developments in the semiconductor industry and to the general economic environment in view of the financial crisis and the increases in personnel, energy and raw material costs.

The complete report on the first half of the year can be downloaded from
www.linos.de.
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